0405 Monday 8th Week of Easter

                                      0405  Monday 8th Week of Easter

                                 “Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee.”

Gospel, (Mathew 28: 1-15)

Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mathew

 

The Resurrection of Jesus

28 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come; see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.

 

Reflection

Christ’s resurrection is the important event in history and so becomes the focus and enlightenment of our human existence. At the heart of Christian faith and witness is the proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection: ” 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. “

Today’s gospel contains two episodes related to the Lord’s resurrection: Jesus ‘appearance to Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of James, who went to visit the tomb and of the authorities’ reaction to the event.

The women heard the angel’s announcement: “‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’  Jesus’ instruction to announce his gathering with his disciples, which he calls “my brothers”, highlights the new relationship between God and men that was inaugurated by His resurrection.

 The second episode ironically explains how the religious leaders of the people are embarrassed by the news of the empty tomb and the way they try to deny the event of the resurrection.

 The most evident “sign” that the Lord is risen is not the disappearance of the body, but the joy that pervades the disciples, previously sad and fearful of everything that had occurred. They then live the News in their hearts, they enter into a communion of life with God, and living a new fraternity in the Church, they give the world a new testimony of the living Christ.

For this blessing, we announce your death and proclaim your resurrection. Come, Lord Jesus!

PRAYER

Lord our God who, through Baptism, You continually increase your Church. Grant these your children the grace to be faithful in life to the sacrament that they received by faith. Amen